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15 May 2009 description
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LUSAKA, May 15, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The World Food Programme (WFP) said it still has a financial shortfall to cover its various humanitarian assistance programs from this year to 2010 in Zambia, Zambia Daily Mail reported on Friday.

WFP Representative in Zambia, Pablo Recalde, said in Lusaka on Thursday that his organization has a shortfall of about 18 million U.S.

21 Jan 2009 description
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LUSAKA, Jan 21, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- Schools that did not open for the first term due to the outbreak of cholera in Mazabuka District in Southern Province of Zambia have opened after the disease was brought under control, Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) reported on Wednesday.

District Administrative Officer, Wilson Siadunka confirmed the opening of the schools, ZANIS said.

Siadunka said the decision to open the schools in the district was made at a meeting which assessed that the cholera outbreak had been brought under control.

10 Dec 2008 description
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LUSAKA, Dec 10, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- The Zambian government has described the hunger situation in Gwembe district, in Southern Province, as desperate and needed urgent attention, Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) reported on Wednesday.

And some people in Gwembe are surviving on wild tubers and seeds that are believed to be poisonous if not properly prepared, ZANIS said.

Acting District Commissioner (DC) Mathias Fundi disclosed that his office had made a formal request for food relief through the Southern Province Disaster Management Unit, according to …

06 Dec 2008 description
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LUSAKA, Dec 06, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) - The Zambian government said a team of health officials has left for Zimbabwe to treat and evacuate a Zambian woman and her child who have contracted cholera, Zambia Daily Mail reported on Saturday.

Health officials feared that cholera may have broken out in Gwembe in Southern Province, where one person showed signs of the disease, according to the newspaper.

06 Dec 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Dec 6, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The donor community Thursday reaffirmed its support for Zambia in its poverty reduction program by committing funds for the country's next year budget.

The European Commission (EC), Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden made the affirmation at a press briefing held here Thursday.

The donors confirmed their commitment to provide 160 million U. S. dollars in poverty reduction support for Zambia's 2008 budget.

01 Dec 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Dec 1, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Landmine has been a major problem in Zambia, hindering development and shattering lives of hundreds of victims, according to Times of Zambia on Saturday.

The Zamia Mine Action Center ZMAC director Sheila Mweemba was quoted as saying that Zambia was still carrying out demining operations.

ZMAC estimates that up to 41 sites could have been contaminated with landmines especially along the border areas with Angola, Mozambique and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to the ZMAC, up to 500 landmine explosions have occurred in various …

22 Nov 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Nov 22, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations on Thursday resumed repatriating refugees from Zambia to Moba, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), nearly four months after riots broke out in the DRC border town.

"Today's resumption is a result of the progressive amelioration of the political and security situation in Moba, and willingness expressed by the Congolese refugees in Zambia to return to their country of origin," the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said in a statement.

26 Oct 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Oct 26, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- About 500 Congolese refugees living in Zambia have been repatriated to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through a border town in Northern Province, Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) reported on Friday.

17 Oct 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Oct 17, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Norway has pledged 70 million U.S.

02 Oct 2007 description
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LUANDA, Oct 2, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Over 400,000 Angolan refugees living in the neighboring countries have returned home since the civil war ended in 2002 in the country, Angola's official news agency ANGOP reported on Tuesday.

Angola's Social Welfare Minister Joao Baptista Kussumua was quoted as saying that these former refugees are now leading a normal life through the government's program aimed at rebuilding their lives.

13 Sep 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Sept 13, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Health officials of Zambia at the borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are on high alert to suspected hemorrhagic Ebola virus, The Post reported Thursday.

The Zambian newspaper quoted spokesperson of the Health Ministry of Zambia Canisius Banda as saying while the rise for Ebola to come into the country is low, it is important to take necessary precautions when a contagious disease was reported.

Banda said in an interview that public health officials will raise awareness within the country especially in the areas bordering …

11 Sep 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Sept 11, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Zambia said the planned repatriation of over 20,000 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) refugees has been postponed due to the delay in receiving funds, Times of Zambia said on Tuesday.

Ministry of Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Peter Mumba said the recent riot at the southern DRC town of Moba is another reason for the suspension of the continued return of refugees to their country.

The senior official, however, said since calm had now returned to Moba, he was optimistic that the repatriation program would resume soon.

On August 1, …

11 Sep 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Sept 11, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The number of the refugees of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to be repatriated from Zambia has been reduced to 12,000 this year from the initial 20,000 due to the constraints encountered, according to a joint communiqu of the third tripartite commission meeting on the voluntary repatriation of refugees from DRC living in Zambia.

The communiqu issued here Tuesday night at the end of the two- day third tripartite commission meeting did not go into detail on the constraints.

10 Sep 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Sept 10, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Zambia has urged the international community to remain focused on addressing root causes of refugee problem to prevent further displacements or return movements following the repatriation of refugees.

At the third tripartite commission meeting for the voluntary repatriation of Congolese refugees from Zambia, Peter Mumba, Zambian permanent secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs appealed to the international community to continue supporting the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the area of peace and security so as to build confidence in …

30 Aug 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Aug 30, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Zambian government has jointly kicked off a nationwide registration of refugees living in the sub- Saharan country.

The 70-day exercise kicked off Wednesday, which will extend to other provinces in Zambia soon, aims at updating specific information of the refugees residing in its urban areas, including age, gender, place of origin, marital status and other details, so that international humanitarian organizations, along with the Zambian government, are able to provide proper …

28 Aug 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Aug 28, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Zambian government in conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will embark on a major exercise of registering all "self- settled" Angolan refugees residing outside refugee camps and settlements, as well as refugees from other countries, who have already been granted permission by the government to remain in urban areas, notably Lusaka.

The registration exercise is being undertaken under the Strengthening of Protection Capacity Project (SPCP), a Danish funded program.

The registration exercise, …

09 Jul 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Jul 9, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo ( DRC) has urged its refugees in Zambia to return home to help develop their country, The Post reported Monday.

"The president needs you, the land needs you for development, the soil needs you," DRC Ambassador to Zambia Johnson Baelongandi wa Binana was quoted by The Zambian newspaper as appealing to his compatriots in Zambia.

He also called on investors to go to his country and help rebuild the once war-torn country.

About 2,000 refugees of DRC have returned home from Zambia since the first …

22 Apr 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Apr 22, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Zambia is trying to increase its maize production by three times to 4.2 million tons within five years through programs to boost irrigation and funding to farmers, a Zambian minister has said.

"In the next five years, Zambia's maize production will treble from the 1.4 million tons produced last year," Agriculture Minister Ben Kapita was quoted by Sunday's Times of Zambia as saying.

21 Apr 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Apr 20, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Zambia, with assistance from the United Nations refugees agency UNHCR and the World Food Program, is planning to send 400 refugees of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) currently living at Mwange refugee camp in the country's Northern province back to their own country next month.

04 Apr 2007 description
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LUSAKA, Apr 4, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A landmine exhibition was held Wednesday in Lusaka to mark the international day for mine awareness and assistance in mine action.

An expert introduced ways of first aid to landmine victims and showed audience the ways.Some medical equipment and medicines were displayed at the exhibition. Pictures were also showed telling people how to deal with the landmine when faced with it.